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The COVID-19 Vaccinator Education Course

(Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine)

This course is for authorised and provisionally authorised vaccinators intending to administer the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine (Comirnaty). All vaccinators must complete all course material as part of their vaccinator training and education for the COVID-19 Immunisation programme.

Who can take this course?

There are several pathways to becoming a COVID-19 vaccinator, depending on your current role in the healthcare workforce.

This education course covers two main areas:

  1. The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine
  • Preparation and development
  • Composition and effectiveness
  • Pre-vaccination screening
  • Re-constitution and administration
  • Delivery and storage
  • COVID-19 the disease
  • Other COVID vaccine technologies
  1. Working with the COVID Immunisation Register (CIR)
  • The patient journey in the CIR
  • How to check in a patient
  • How to record a vaccination
  • Managing a patient in observation

Once you have completed the COVID-19 education training, you will need to attend a live Covid-19 Immunisation Register (CIR) webinar session so the Ministry of Health can activate you CIR account. This webinar will run you through a step by step example of how to use the CIR, as well as answer any questions you may have.

The CIR records all COVID vaccinations that occur across New Zealand and the webinar will give you access to a classroom training version to practice using the CIR before you start vaccinating.

What happens after you have completed the course

Once you have completed the COVID-19 education training, you will need to attend a live Covid-19 Immunisation Register (CIR) webinar session so the Ministry of Health can activate you CIR account. This webinar will run you through a step by step example of how to use the CIR, as well as answer any questions you may have.

The CIR records all COVID vaccinations that occur across New Zealand and the webinar will give you access to a classroom training version to practice using the CIR before you start vaccinating.

IMAC generates daily reports that will list all learners that have started or completed a Vaccinator or CIR Administrator course. Workforce Leads in DHBs or Organisations can use these reports to identify who in their workforce are ready to prepare for deployment to a vaccination clinic.

COVID-19 vaccination course for GPs, medical specialists and nurse practitioners

We have developed an online course COVID vaccine course for health professionals with prescribing rights. This course aims to give health professionals confidence in their knowledge of the mRNA-CV, the ability to answer common concerns and questions raised by patients. Access to this course is open and available via our learning management system, IMAC Learning.

 

Covid-19 Immunisation Register (CIR) administration course

This course is for staff working as administrators during COVID- 19 vaccination clinics. Staff completing this course cannot give vaccines, but may support vaccinators in the data entry of immunisation event information into the CIR. The content includes:

  • The patient journey in the CIR
  • How to check in a patient
  • How to record a vaccination
  • Managing a patient in observation

The Provisional Vaccinator Foundation Course

A printable information sheet on the Provisional Vaccinator Foundation Course can be found here.

The Provisional Vaccinator Foundation Course (PVFC) has been developed for the administration of influenza and MMR. Those who complete the PVFC will also be eligible to undertake the COVID-19 education course once provisionally authorised. Provisionally authorised vaccinators will be supported by a skilled allied team. 

On DHB request, we will forward contact details of health care professionals (HCPs) registered for the PVFC in that DHB region. This is for the specific purpose of supporting planning by the COVID-19 vaccination response leads, and to support course participants’ peer assessment and potential involvement in the COVID-19 vaccination programme. 

Who can take this course?

We accept participants in this course from a variety of health care professions, and the learning/authorisation pathway will vary depending on the role. 

This course is available to the following HCPs with a current annual practising certificate (APC):

  • Registered and Enrolled Nurses - Note we recommend RNs and ENs working in PHC delivering the range of National Immunisation Schedule vaccinations complete a full vaccinator foundation course and process.
  • Pharmacists - Note the PVFC will only give a limited scope and for a limited time. If you want to give the full scope of pharmacy vaccines, you should complete a full vaccinator foundation course and process.
  • Health science students - Final year student nurses, fourth year onwards medical students, final year student pharmacists.
  • Registered midwives
  • Paramedics
  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Medical Radiation Technologists - Registered in these scopes of practice: Medical Imaging Technologists, Radiation Therapists, Nuclear Medicine Technologists, Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists and Sonographers
  • HCPs registered Medical Sciences Council of New Zealand - Registered in these scopes of practice: Medical Laboratory Scientist, Medical Laboratory Technicians, Medical Laboratory Pre-analytical Technicians and Anaesthetic Technicians.
  • Dieticians
  • Speech-language Therapists
  • Registered Optometrists
  • HCPs registered with the Dental Council - Registered in the following scopes of practice: Dental Hygienists, Dental Therapists and Oral Health Therapists.

How to enrol

To access this free course, please email [email protected] - we will reply with registration instructions within 2-3 days of receiving your application. You will need to create an account on IMAC learning. More information on the pathway to completing the course can be found on the FAQ page.

More about the PVFC course

  • Online learning - this will take upwards of 4 hours, depending on your background knowledge and learning style. This will cover information on vaccine preventable diseases, the immune system, the National Immunisation Schedule, vaccine composition and safety, storage of vaccines and informed consent.
  • Online assessment - contained within the online learning course, but only accessible once the webinar has been attended.
  • Peer assessment - Once you have passed your online assessment, you must successfully complete a peer assessment of your clinical skills. This involves an experienced, authorised vaccinator observing your vaccinations of at least two patients and assessing you against the provided peer-review form. This will require a standing order or prescription. If you do not have access to an experienced vaccinator to complete your peer assessment, contact your local COVID Immunisation Education Advisor for assistance. You will need to hold a current CPR certificate, as identified in Appendix 4 of the 2020 Immunisation Handbook

It is recommended to carry indemnity insurance as provisional vaccinator.